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Martial Arts Training Styles

Tae Kwon Do
Korean Martial art

Tae – to strike with foot
Kwon – to strike with fist
Do - way of life

Taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the way of the foot and the hand”

Taekwondo is known for its emphasis on high kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.  Practitioners will learn how to execute proper kicks and will learn what is called forms (sometimes it’s called Hyung or Poomsae) which combine various kicking, punching and blocking techniques to represent fighting an opponent.  The forms are designed to help students to practice:  focus, accuracy, direction, strengthening ones muscles, proper breathing techniques to understand power.  Sometimes the forms could be very meditative. And then there is sparring,  we make sure that students show maximum control when we spar not to injure ones partner.  Sparring is not just about kicking and punching, but it’s to teach students to learn how to make quick and right decisions.    

JuJitsu (can be spelled jujutsu)
Japanese Martial art

Ju – gentle, soft, flexible

Jitsu – art or technique and represents manipulating the opponent’s force against himself rather than confronting it with one’s own force.  Practitioners will learn the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy in the form of pins, joint locks and throws.  These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker’s energy against him or her, rather than direct defense.  Student will learn how to roll and fall properly to receive the techniques without getting injured.  Also the student will learn how to fully execute a techniques without worrying about hurting ones partner.

Japanese Martial art

Judo – gentle way

Judo’s objective is to either throw, takedown or sweep and opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue and opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.  Judo utilizes opponent power and leverage to use against an opponent.  Students must learn how to roll and fall so as to fully engage in practice of receiving the techniques  

Chinese Martial art

Chin- seize or trap
Na- to lock or break

Chinese term describing joint lock techniques used in the Chinese martial arts to control or lock an opponent’s joint or muscles/tendons so they cannot move, thus neutralizing the opponent’s fighting ability.


Hap – coordinated or joining
Ki – internal energy, energy
Do- way or art

Hapkido – the way of coordinated power or the way of harmony.

The fundamental techniques of Hapkido are classified as follows:

1.    Empty hands against empty hands.
2.    Empty hands against a weapon.
3.    Weapon against weapon

Students can use Hapkido in offensive (to help protect someone) and defensive techniques and each of these have joint locking and striking techniques.  Within the self-defense techniques students can utilize joint locking techniques, twisting, throwing, paralyzing, sweeping and strangling techniques.  Also student add or use striking techniques such as kicking, punching, hitting, cutting and stabbing techniques.  


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